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Foreigners can register for vaccination next month (next week for some on Phuket)

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But when they will actually be vaccinated remains up in the air. While a Public Health Ministry spokesperson declared just days ago that Covid-19 vaccines were reserved for Thais, not expats, the government now says that statement was taken out of context.

Yesterday, Opas Kankawinpong from the Disease Control Department confirmed that foreigners living in Thailand would also be vaccinated.

“Anyone living in Thailand, be they Thai or foreign, will be able to get the vaccine if they want it. No one is safe until everyone is safe.”

Opas went on to say that the goal of herd immunity means vaccinating at least 70% of those living here – both Thai and foreign. He says there is an estimated 3 million foreign nationals living in the Kingdom long-term, pointing out that a significant proportion of the migrant worker population in Samut Sakhon has now been vaccinated. The central province was the epicentre of a second wave of infections in December, centred around its fish markets and factories.

According to the Bangkok Post, Opas then went on to say foreigners who want to be vaccinated can contact their embassy. However, judging by the comments on social media, no foreigner who has tried this has had any success. Both the British and Australian embassies have told their citizens that they are covered under Thailand’s vaccination rollout – and that’s that.

Opas says priority for foreigners will be accorded in the same way as it is for Thais. The eldery and at-risk, as well as those living in high-risk areas and people with underlying conditions, will be first in line. Inoculation is expected to be carried out using the locally-produced AstraZeneca vaccine.

Meanwhile, Pensom Lertsithichai from the Foreign Ministry says that from next month, foreigners should be able to register to be vaccinated.

“The ministry is trying their best to help foreigners, so they can either use the mobile app or contact hospitals directly and register to be vaccinated.”

Phuket is a step ahead, with the Phuket News confirming that foreigners working on the southern island can register to be vaccinated from next Tuesday. However, they must be in possession of a valid work permit and have their employer register them on the “Phuket Must Win” website.

Phuket expats without a work permit will be included in the following phase. The island is in a race to vaccinate 70% of its population in order to re-open to vaccinated international tourists from July.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post | The Phuket News

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20 Comments

  1. Some foreigners will register only for the vaccines Thailand does not have now. They also dont want to fly back for jab, their governments do nothing helping them. What is their choice?

  2. The British Embassy unhelpful? Hardly a new concept is it? Bloated, overpaid, over-expensed, over-pampered and unnecessary civil servants are, in the main, a complete waste of time and money

  3. When can foreign tourists still here for whatever reason get vaccinated? We have been here supporting the local economy. How about some consideration for us. I don’t mind paying for it.

  4. “The island is in a race to vaccinate 70% of its population in order to re-open to vaccinated international tourists from July.”

    I think they’re coming second.

  5. “What is their choice?”

    None, @gosport.

    Personally I’d prefer Phizer, but AZ will do for the moment with a Phizer booster in due course.

    I don’t know where you are, but by the time vaccines get out to the outer provinces those in the sandboxes, including the foreigners and farangs, will have used up all the Sinovac doses they’ve pushed so hard to get so we’ll all be either getting AZ free or something else if we want to pay.

    Shame … 55555! (!!!!)

  6. Feels like during the sunami, No bloody help from embassys etc. Everyone for themself. Sinovac kiss my ass. When private hospitals get real vaccines i rather pay for it.

  7. Coconuts Bangkok reports today that they contacted 21 hospitals and were told the opposite of what officials reported yesterday…that Dirty Farang won’t get vaccine until 70% of Thai are vaccinated. Seems a rather harsh and obscene response from a hospital spokesman…but…remember where you are. T. I. T. Yesterday’s backpedaling may have been face saving . The best position I can think of is to continue to hunker down and not spend. I’ve gone from going somewhere every weekend to going nowhere. Money is something Thai understand. If three million “ dirty farang who don’t shower” continue to reign in spending maybe, just maybe, the mafia will get the picture.

  8. I don’t get why Phuket, and its expats, must be special one over the rest of Thailand. Last time I went there it was less populated than Sahara. Let alone that is not as attractive as other parts of the country… ah right it’s attractive for another kind of tourism…

  9. what the government says seems to have little to do with what is going on in the real world. They said all foreigners over 60 are eligible to be vaccinated in June, but when you try to register the hospitals say for Thai only! There is no guarantee if you got an appt via Mor Prom that when you get there they will vaccinate you, 18 year old Thais will come before an 80 year old foreigner by the look of things

  10. It is really up to the staff at the hospitals, etc. to provide foreigners with a vaccine even if they are allowed by the Thai government. As is evidenced by peoples experiences, you shouldn’t expect to find some of those people acting with the same good morals as the medical professionals in other nations. Get it where you can but don’t rely on the good nature of the people administering the vaccine – apparently many of them don’t have one.

  11. @chupapi – It has nothing to do with being special it’s all about opening up Phuket to tourists again as of 1.7.2021. This can only happen if the locals, Thai and foreigners are safe from contracting COVID-19 and spreading it. Phuket is highly dependent on tourism and in fact yes right now it’s an absolute nightmare for 90% of the people living here, it’s a government priority to help these people who have no income what so ever, it has nothing to do with “special”. And what do you mean with a certain kind of tourist?

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